County Councils to get stronger powers for cycle infrastructure following Strand Road controversy

By Thomas Telford

New laws are set to be written up that will provide county councils in Dublin and across the country more powers to expand cycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

This follows the controversial High court ruling that put a halt to the works on installing a cycleway on Strand Road.

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Transport, Eamon Ryan believes that the Strand Road ruling could have a devastating impact on plans to expand cycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

To counter these cases, Minister Ryan will introduce new legislation that will give councils specific powers to trial new cycleways with mandatory review after 18 months.

"The judgement with regard to Strand Road, a hugely controversial project in Sandymount, has the potential to have a real chilling effect in terms of what we do to deliver safe transport infrastructure."

Dublin City Council had wanted to add a two-way cycleway on Strand Road and planned on using existing traffic management systems to install it.

However, a court case brought to the High Court which claimed those systems didn't cover cycleways was successful, although DCC is in the process of appealing that ruling.

The new amendment will be introduced along with the highly anticipated legislation on regulating e-scooters.

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